With summer ending in Pacheco, now is a great time to get a kick start on air conditioner maintenance.
If you haven’t cleaned it this year, it could be blocked with dust and debris from your yard. This buildup can limit your unit’s efficiency and cause it to malfunction. Or wear it down sooner.
We suggest having your air conditioning system professionally serviced every year. Why? A clean system can be more energy efficient, which could save you money on energy costs.
Regular AC maintenance also helps our technicians discover and take care of small issues before they become high-priced problems.
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Some of the work we perform includes:
- Viewing the blower, motor, drain line and coils
- Watching pressure and temperature
- Examining lines, refrigerant amounts and connections
There’s still time to have service done this fall—and we can get your furnace ready for heating season too.
There’s also some maintenance you can do alone between professional tune-ups. You just need about an hour to clean your outdoor condenser unit, as well as several components on your indoor HVAC system.
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How to Clean Your Outside AC Unit
Choose a temperate day to clean your air conditioner. At least 60 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) is great. That way, you can test your system once you’ve cleaned it.
You’ll only need a handful of tools:
- Wet-dry vacuum and hose with a soft brush attachment
- Butter knife
- Damp rag
- Small, round paintbrush
- Replacement furnace filter (if necessary)
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Five Steps to Clean the Outside Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Stop the juice to your air conditioner at the breaker box.
2. Clean the Outside
Take out debris from the system. This includes branches, bushes, weeds and grass.
Then turn on the vacuum to slowly clean the metallic fins. These pieces are also known as condenser coils and move heat away from your unit.
You need to be careful with these fragile coils. Misshapen or crumpled fins can impact efficiency.
3. Fix Bent Fins
Use a butter knife to adjust warped fins. You can also use a fin comb from an appliance part store. A pro from Clean Air HVAC should fix severe damage.
4. Clean the Inside
After removing the fan, fish out leaves and other yard waste. Then wipe the inside of the system with a wet sponge.
The only coil cleaner you need is water. Use slight pressure from a hose nozzle to wash the fins, directing water from the inside out. Reinstall the fan once you’re completed.
5. Test Your Air Conditioner
It’s safe to restore power and turn your air conditioner back on. If it’s not running like it should, reach out to us a call at 925-233-6238.
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Three Steps to Clean the Indoor Unit
1. Turn Off the Power
Turn off the power to your furnace at the breaker box.
2. Check Your Filter
Furnace filters must be replaced every several months, depending on the type you use.
Not sure when you last checked yours? Take it out and hold it up to the light. If light isn’t visible, buy a new one.
3. Clean the Inside
Remove the blower door and vacuum up dust.
Then examine your air conditioner’s drain line—it’s a pliable plastic tube. If it’s moldy, you can freshen it by flowing thinned bleach through the tube to flush the line. Or you can get a new tube.
Scrub the drain port using a small, round paintbrush. Reconnect the drain tube and switch the power back on.
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Never Forget a Tune-Up Again
Annual air conditioner maintenance from Clean Air HVAC can make your unit more efficient and help it last longer. We also provide practical service agreements, so you won’t forget to schedule your routine tune-up!